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When phishing links are dangled before insurance professionals, do they go for the bait?

December 10, 2020 by Jason Contant

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to insurance industry employees clicking on phishing email links, according to a recent study from a Laval, Que.-headquartered security awareness training firm. The good news is that global “finance & insurance”

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COVID’s impact on brokerage M&A: Myth versus reality

December 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to raise money from major banks to finance mergers and acquisitions, but well-run brokerages will still be attractive to buyers, suggests an expert in brokerage valuation. “When COVID hit, the banks

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The diversity and inclusion statement that hit home for Intact’s management team

December 9, 2020 by Jason Contant

Intact Financial Corporation was holding focus groups on diversity and inclusion a few months ago, when a young manager of colour shared her experience with the insurer’s senior management. “She gave an example to us, which struck most of the

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How Ottawa is trying to lower earthquake related property losses

December 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Natural Resources Canada is hoping to help insurers cut their loss costs with a yet-to-be released earthquake early warning system. The warning system could provide seconds to tens of seconds of warning before a location is affected by strong shaking,

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‘The most litigated insurance concept’

December 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A lot of things can go wrong when a client agrees to add a counter-party to a contract as an additional insured. Here’s what your clients can do to reduce the risk of a nasty coverage dispute

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Western Perspective

December 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Meet Clint Smith, chief operating officer of Manitoba-based Andrew Agencies Ltd., which recently acquired several brokerages in Saskatchewan. Smith gave us his take on the challenges brokers face in Western Canada, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the inside

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Who is funding many of these insurance mergers

December 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry continues to consolidate and pension funds are one major source of capital for insurers, a Montreal-based merger and acquisition expert observes. “One or two notable [carrier M&A] transactions per year has slowly transformed the Canadian landscape, including the

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5 must-haves for your brokerage data system

December 3, 2020 by Jason Contant

Being able to collect better data regarding sales and customer behaviour are obvious reasons to upgrade the data system at your brokerage, but there are other benefits, Vancouver-based P&C insurance consulting firm Smythe Advisory said in a blog published Tuesday.

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Insurer CFOs share personal experiences dealing with cybercriminals

December 1, 2020 by Jason Contant

About two years ago, Northbridge Financial Corporation’s chief financial officer Craig Pinnock received an email purportedly from Northbridge CEO Silvy Wright requesting help with a wire transfer. “Silvy’s name’s there, Silvy’s signature, so I fire back quickly, ‘Sure, no problem.

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Aviva CEO sides with science against fruitless conjecture around climate risk

November 27, 2020 by Adam Malik

Aviva Canada CEO Jason Storah has no time for arguing about the validity of climate change and the threats facing the planet that are affecting the insurance industry. Instead of debates about climate change based on speculation and conjecture, he’d

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Insurers now treating distracted driving as ‘major’ conviction

November 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

In keeping with actions previously taken by Canada’s auto insurers, Northbridge General Insurance Company will start treating driving while using a hand-held communication device as a major conviction for the purpose of setting insurance rates in Nova Scotia. The change

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The case for using data for diversity and inclusion in senior ranks

November 25, 2020 by Jason Contant

Insurance companies are used to collecting data, but they need to do a better job of using data around race and gender to build diversity and inclusion in their senior ranks, speakers said Tuesday at KPMG’s 2020 Insurance Conference. Insurers